Crowd Out Sweet Cravings
I love to top my semi-sweet salads with fruity vinaigrette dressings. You can create delicious salads using a rainbow of sweet veggies and fruits. Some of my favorites are berries, pears, apples, mangos, carrots, roasted butternut squash, and beets. In addition to being tasty, these type of salads are packed with nutrients.
If you want to crowd out evening sugar cravings, add sweet fruits and veggies to your lunch salads. Plus, you will nourish your body with energizing foods that provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease fighting anti-oxidants.
To make your meal even more filling, add 2-3 ounces of protein, such as nuts, beans, seeds, or lean chicken. Adding protein also balances your healthy plate (or bowl)! I enjoy 1 tbsp. of either pumpkin, sunflower or chia seeds.
Benefits of Dark Leafy Greens
Dark Leafy Greens are important to a healthy body and immune system. They help strengthen our blood and respiratory system. I typically use two cups of fresh baby spinach or kale in my salads. Leafy green vegetables are also high alkaline foods. Green vegetables help replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants. Like greens, apple cider vinegar helps to balance the acidity level in our bodies.
Alkaline Forming Vinegar Choice
Lately, I’ve been creating my own salad dressings with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar instead of traditional vinegars. Eating too many acidic foods can change your body’s pH level and result in increased acidosis and disease. Because coffee is acidic, and I drink more than I should, I’m balancing my body’s pH level as part of my 30-day detox program.
Apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic from citric acid. However, during digestion the citric acid breaks apart. Then, the potassium and magnesium form alkaline ions called potassium or magnesium citrate that actually increases alkalinity.
Thus, alkaline forming foods help to maintain a safe pH level in the body; fighting off chronic conditions and disease, such as inflammation and cancer.
By pairing a nutrient-packed salad with an alkaline forming dressing, you are saying I love you to your body! So, what are you waiting for?. Start creating your own salad master piece!
Berry Delicious Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/8 cup Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/8 cup Agave Syrup
- 1 large Organic Frozen Strawberry
- 1/3 cup Organic Frozen Wild Blueberries
- 2 dashes Nutmeg
- 2 dashes Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- Add all ingredients into a NutriBullet or similar High-Speed Blender/Mixer, and process until liquid form. Top your favorite salad with about 2-3 tablespoons of dressing.
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